Warriors Bounce Back To Claim Game Two
Oklahoma City's Game One victory caused some panic in the NBA world, but the Warriors bounced back in Game Two to even things back out at 1-1.
Golden State looked more like the team that broke the Bulls' record for wins in the regular season in Game Two of the Western Conference Finals, not the team that looked "off" against the Thunder the game before. Russell Westbrook and OKC took Game One by force, and the Warriors responded by finessing them to death in the 118-91 win.
League MVP Steph Curry led the way with 28 points (9-15 FG), and he had five of the Warriors' 13 makes (13-28, 46%) from beyond the arc. He scored 17 points in the third quarter, including a 90-second stretch where he scored 12, basically turning into a human flamethrower. His fellow Splash Brother, Klay Thompson, didn't have his best shooting night (15 points, 5-17 FG), but the bench provided 50 points to back up the starters.
Andre Iguodala had 14 points and three steals off the bench, but he also provided one of the most awe-inspiring plays of the night. You're going to want to watch this layup a couple times, and watch for the spin he puts on the ball...
He wasn't even looking at the rim when he threw that ball in the air, and he spun it perfectly off the glass. How the...?
The Thunder got caught up in Golden State's game, and they couldn't keep up with their shooters. OKC shot 7-23 (30%) from the three point line, and Westbrook only made five shots all night on his way to a 16 point performance, disappointing by his standards. Kevin Durant's 29 points (11-18 FG) look good on paper, but he turned the ball over eight times as the Warriors' defenders ganged up on him.
When Draymond Green plays like he did in Game Two, the Thunder can't deal with him. Green only had ten points, but he distributed the basketball with seven assists and he drew the Thunder big men out of the paint all night long. The result was 48 points in the paint for the Warriors, and Green added onto that with two blocks and a steal on the defensive end. He played with a chip on his shoulder from tipoff, and he gave Steven Adams, Enes Kanter and Serge Ibaka fits.
Speaking of Ibaka, he fell victim to some filth by Steph Curry. Ibaka was just trying to play defense, but Steph crossed him up, jayed him up, and stared him down while the ball was in the air.
Cold blooded, Steph. Why'd you have to do him like that?
You can feel this series heating up. OKC punched the Warriors in Game One, and Golden State came back with their own combo to the jaw in Game Two. With the slaughter in the Eastern Conference Finals, you better not miss a game in the West.
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